This is a warning shot fired over the head of the Democratic party. It’s also remarkably similar to our Don’t Ask, Don’t Give campaign we launched in November.
It’s no longer just a few f’g r—— complaining about the party’s inaction, and backwards movement, on various promises to the Democratic base. The Democrats are losing their base, and they’re very much in danger of losing gay money and gay votes in November. Things will only get worse as other state-based gay groups make similar decisions to no longer give to either political party. And the situation won’t be any better come October when DADT still isn’t repealed after all the President’s promises to do just that.
From Garden State Equality, via Andy Towle:
Sending a bold signal that no political party should take the support of the LGBT community and its allies for granted, Garden State Equality’s Board of Directors has unanimously approved a new provision for the organization’s bylaws that immediately precludes Garden State Equality from giving financial contributions to political parties and their affiliated committees. Under the new policy, Garden State Equality will make financial contributions only to individual candidates and to non-party organizations that further equality for the LGBT community.
The bylaws provision asks Garden State Equality members, who make their own decisions as to individual political contributions, to refrain from contributing to parties and their affiliated committees.
“No political party has a record good enough on LGBT civil rights that it can rightfully claim to be entitled to our money on a party-wide basis,” said Steven Goldstein, chair of Garden State Equality. “No longer will we let any political party take our money and volunteers with one hand, and slap us in the face with the other when we seek full equality.”
“Our Board of Directors felt so strongly about adopting this new policy,” Goldstein said, “that it unanimously decided to include it in the organization’s bylaws.”